Rose Tattoo : Southern Stars

Hard Rock / Australia
(1984 - WEA / Atlantic Records)
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1. SOUTHERN STARS

The ghosts of Eureka are calling to me now
To fashion a sword from the steel of the plough
And if blood must spill, for freedom so dear
Rally 'round the flag boys, rally 'round and cheer

I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars

I was born and raised here this land is my home
And I'll fight if I have to keep this land my own
I'm a man with pride, my heart is straight ahead
So come and swear an oath on the stars above our head

I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars

The countries glories are fading away
But here I was born and here I'll stay

I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live
Under southern stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars
I wanna live my life under Southern Stars


2. LET US LIVE

I hear a voice a'singing
Down through history
Telling of that sacred thing
That belongs to you and me
But there are men that would deny you
'Cause of greed they cause you pain
We must not let them beat you
You must lift your voice and say

Let us be what we wanna be
Let us go where we wanna go
Let us say what we got to say
Let us live our own lives today

They came and took your freedom
Stole your dignity
They robbed you of your human rights
With their evil tyranny
They came into your land
Changed your way of living
Took away your pride
There can be no forgiving

Let us be what we wanna be
Let us go where we wanna go
Let us say what we got to say
Let us live our own lives today
We got to live

There was a time oh so long ago
That you and I will never know
It was a time when the earth was born
From the dreams of the only one

Let us be what we wanna be
Let us go where we wanna go
Let us say what we got to say
Let us live our own lives today


3. FREEDOM FLAME

There is a time a'coming
The tribes and clans will rise
They'll have thunder in their hearts
They'll have lightning in their eyes
The pipe and the drum will be calling
Calling once again
Stand beside your brothers
All ye, that are men

Let freedom's flame burn so bright
That all, all the world will see
Let freedom's flame burn so bright
That it shines, shines down on you and me

They'll be sending out the soldiers
To stamp the fires out
Then we must burn more brightly
We'll lift our voices and shout
It'll be a time for axe 'n' sword
And battle flags will wave
There'll be a haunting sound in the hills
Calling out the brave

Let freedom's flame burn so bright
That all, all the world will see
Let freedom's flame burn so bright
That it shines, shines down on you and me
Let it shine

Oh but the women will weep
And the children will fret
'Cause they know the price will be dear
But they understand that it's better to die free
Than live a life of fear

Let freedom's flame burn so bright
That all, all the world will see
Let freedom's flame burn so bright
That it shines, shines down on you and


4. WISH

Met a man from Ireland
Drinkin' in a bar
Although his voice was soft and warm
His eyes were cold and har-ard
He spoke of Irish children
Knowing only war
I wish I could have know-own him better
I might have understood it a-all

I wish where was something I could say-ay
Something to ease the pain away

I hear the voice of Poland
It's calling out to me
Sighing, crying, dying to be free-ee
Their streets are full of armour
Their eyes are full of tears
Must they live this life of sadness
For year-ears and years and years

I wish where was something I could say-ay
Something to ease the pain away
Something to ease the pain away

Mmm, mm-mmm
I wish I was a hero
Fighting for the rights of man
Wish I was a tribesman in
In the hills of Afghanistan
I wish I was a so-oldier
Fighting for the peace
Fighting down in El Salvador
Fighting insanity, inhumanity

I wish there was something I could say-ay
Something to ease the pain away
I wish where was something I could say-ay
Something to ease the pain away
Oh you know I wish there was something I could say-ay
Something to ease the pain away
I wish there was something I could say-ay
Something to ease the pain away...


5. SATURDAY'S RAGE

You can't change the wild boys
You gotta let 'em run
You can't cage a tiger
Or tie an eagle down
You can't tame the wild boys
You just get out their way
You can't turn back the tide
Or tame a hurricane

Saturday night's gotta count for something
Saturday night's gotta be a rage
Saturday night's gotta count for something
Saturday night you get outta ya cage

You can't tame the wild girls
Out there getting kicks
They can't learn the old rules
That make the old world tick
You can't tame the wild girls
They're out there having fun
Can't stay off the beaches
Golden brown in the sun

Saturday night's gotta count for something
Saturday night's gotta be a rage
Saturday night's gotta count for something
Saturday night you get outta ya cage

You can't tame the street kids
They're young 'n' wild and free
You can't change what's happening
They gotta life to live
You can't change what's natural
Those feelings deep inside
You can't change the beat of their heart
That makes them come alive

Saturday night's gotta count for something
Saturday night's gotta be a rage
Saturday night's gotta count for something
Saturday night you get outta ya cage


6. DEATH OR GLORY

History's heroes were men of great deed
They paid the price when others had the need
There have been times the lions had to roar
Those sad dark years when they went off to war
There's been men who pushed fear aside

Give me death or give me glory
There'll be no talk of ever giving in now
Give me death or give me glory
No other choice we've got to fight to win now

As long as one voice cries against the storm
Someone to strike a light so freedom's flame will burn
As long as there are men whose love runs strong and true
Even in the darkest days there's hope for me and you
There's been men who pushed fear aside
With a song on their lips you'll hear them cry

Give me death or give me glory
There'll be no talk of ever giving in now
Give me death or give me glory
No other choice we've got to fight to win now
We gotta win!


7. THE PIRATE SONG

I want to be a pirate
Sail the seven seas
A vagabond a buccaneer
Nobody badder than me
A parrot on my shoulder
A rolling deck 'neath my feat
Coloured tattoos 'n' golden rings
A pirate's life can't be beat

I wanna sail the seven seas
Just to live a life that is free

Sailing, the bounding main
Playing, a pirate's game
Sailing, the bounding main
Playing, a pirate's game

I gotta be a pirate
Sail the seven seas
A vagabond a buccaneer
Nobody badder than me
I'll fly the jolly roger
I'll live without a care
Wanna be a lovable rogue
Dashing and debonair

I wanna sail the seven seas
I've got to live a life that is free

Sailing, the bounding main
Playing, a pirate's game
Sailing, the bounding main
Playing, a pirate's game

I wanna sail the seven seas
Just to live a life that is free

Sailing, on the bounding main
Playing, a pirate's game
Sailing, on the bounding main
Playing, a pirate's game


8. YOU'VE BEEN TOLD

I've been a battler all my life
Every step I take I earn
I done wrong and I've done right
But I'm always willing to learn

Cool chics, good smoke, bourbon that's eight years old
You cannot say you ain't been told
'Cause I like pretty young girls, good smoking drugs
Bourbon that's eight years old

I was wild when I was a kid
My flame was burning bright
I was in love with being alive
I was a lover in the night

Cool chics, good smoke, bourbon that's eight years old
You cannot say you ain't been told
'Cause I like pretty young girls, good smoking drugs
Bourbon that's eight years old
You cannot say you ain't been told

Cool chics, good smoke, bourbon that's eight years old
You cannot say you ain't been told

Well I'm a lover not a fighter
I want the softer things in life
Good cigars 'n' good whiskey
They never bring me strife

Cool chics, good smoke, bourbon that's eight years old
You cannot say you ain't been told
Well I like pretty young girls, good smoking drugs
Bourbon that's eight years old
You cannot say you ain't been told
I like pretty young girls, good smoking drugs
Bourbon that's eight years old
You cannot say you ain't been told
You cannot say you ain't been told


9. NO SECRETS

Are you believing what they tell ya
Are you swallowing their lies
They say you should be happy
Deep inside you cry
They are deceiving, when they tell ya
Things'll always work out fine
They hope you are not able
To see between the lines

You must believe, you must believe, you must believe it
There are no secrets anymore
There are no secrets anymore

What's that you're hearing, there on the phone
Is it something strange you hear
Does it sound like someone's listening
Does silence bring fear
Have you been frightened, by that feeling
That some stranger knows your mind
They say we live in freedom
Are we so blind

We must believe, you must believe, you must believe it
There are no secrets anymore
There are no secrets anymore
And it's a sad day
There are no secrets anymore


10. THE RADIO SAID ROCK 'N' ROLL IS DEAD

Growing up it take a lotta time
First you learn the music then you learn the rhyme
Melody is what you need when you're down
Harmony the world goes 'round and 'round

Radio said rock 'n' roll is dead
To my room I panicked and fled
It wrecked my mind and filled me with fright
Elvis, Chuck 'n' Jerry got me through the long, long night

Gotta pull on my jeans and my dancing shoes
I'm going out and sing some rhythm 'n' blues
Rock 'n' roll is the name of the game
And when it takes me over things ain't the same
Lotsa times we played for free
We had a taste we had a need
Twelve bar blues in four bar time
Beautiful words that just fell in rhyme

Radio said rock 'n' roll is dead
They're going insane they must be out of their head
Radio said rock 'n' roll is dead
But I don't care what the radio said

You will hear the banshee sing
The day you lose that shuffle 'n' swing
You will hear the death bell toll
The day you lose that rock 'n' roll

Radio said rock 'n' roll is dead
To my room I panicked and fled
It wrecked my mind and filled me with fright
Elvis, Chuck 'n' Jerry got me through the long, long night

Radio said rock 'n' roll is dead
They're going insane they must be out of their head
Radio said rock 'n' roll is dead
But I don't care, he don't care, what the radio said



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